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Tastes of success

Fundraiser attracts supporters of education, libation

Owera Vineyards Director of Operations Ben Reilley, right, poses with his wife, Shioban, and a bottle of Owera’s NYS 2011 Wine and Food Classic double-gold award-winning “Cazenovia Blush” during the Taste of Cazenovia, Sept. 21.

Owera Vineyards Director of Operations Ben Reilley, right, poses with his wife, Shioban, and a bottle of Owera’s NYS 2011 Wine and Food Classic double-gold award-winning “Cazenovia Blush” during the Taste of Cazenovia, Sept. 21. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— “We had to shut down the VIP tour because it reached 200. Our parking lots were full up,” Reilley said. This event is overwhelmingly unbelievable, in a good way. I get to wear two hats, I’m the director of operations at Owera, and I have two children that go to the Cazenovia Children’s House. I think so many people in the community are curious about the property when they drive by, a lot of the ticket sales were not only CCH supporters, but interested wine-enthusiasts.”

Reilly shared that the Owera is looking expand in the coming year, bringing their production to the property in Cazenovia and building a 7,500 square-foot tasting room. Currently the grapes are grown at 5276 East Lake Road in Cazenovia, and processed at a warehouse in East Syracuse. Reilley said by summer of 2012, the two new buildings should be completed and Owera Vineyards will be fully operational.

For more information on CCH, visit their location at 2757 Route 20 in Cazenovia, access cazenoviachildrenshouse.org online or call 655-5437. To learn more about Owera Vineyards, visit oweravineyards.com online, call 815-5026 or email ben@oweravineyards.com.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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